Buyer's Guide

2021 Buick Enclave
Select a Different Model (7 Available): Avenir AWD
Fuel Economy $ 17 / 25 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 24/58 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 7/7
Horsepower 310@6,800
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2021 Buick Enclave MODEL OVERVIEW


  • Good ride and handling
  • Smooth engine and transmission
  • Capable AWD system


  • Too much in common with a Chevy Traverse
  • Best features stuck in pricey trims
  • More active safety tech should be standard

Among Buick's crossover SUVs, the three-row Enclave reigns supreme. It sits atop the automaker's SUV lineup, above the Encore, Encore GX, and the newly redesigned Envision. Buick introduced the current, second-generation Enclave for the 2018 model year, and a mid-cycle facelift is rumored for 2022. The Enclave remains unchanged for 2021, and it competes in the luxury three-row SUV segment alongside other premium offerings like the Acura MDX, Lincoln Aviator, and Volvo XC90.

What We Think

The Enclave isn't necessarily a bad SUV, but the Buick needs more standard tech and variation from the other General Motors vehicles to stand out. In Avenir trim, it offers high-quality materials and loads of feature content, but the rest of the lineup fails to impress.

The corporate V-6 is put to good work here; it's a perfectly adequate powertrain, and the clever nine-speed auto deftly keeps this engine in its power band. Ride quality is comfortable ,and we were impressed with the Enclave's controlled body motions. It's even a decent performer off-road, especially when equipped with the twin-clutch AWD system.

Although the cabin is nicely appointed, there isn't enough of an improvement over a fully loaded Chevrolet Traverse. Massaging seats help its case but only just. Access to the third row is a breeze thanks to the SmartSlide second-row seating. As a package, the Enclave just doesn't justify a luxury vehicle's price tag as well as others in the segment. Perhaps if its impressive optional tech wasn't buried beneath option packages and higher trim levels, the big Buick would make a better entry-luxury three-row.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Buick offers only one engine and transmission pairing in the Enclave: a 3.6-liter non-turbo V-6 and a nine-speed automatic. Although FWD is standard, AWD is optionally available on all trims. As for that V-6, the engine develops 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque in this application. In our First Test, an AWD example reached 60 mph in 7.0 seconds. EPA fuel economy numbers read 17-18/25-26 mpg city/highway.


The Enclave earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, with four-star frontal crash and rollover scores. In IIHS safety testing, it earns Good crashworthiness ratings, Superior scores for the optional front crash prevention system, and a Marginal headlight rating.

Buick is light on standard active safety gear—only blind-spot monitoring is included on the base model—but plenty can be had if you tick the right boxes. Automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control are all available above the base model.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Enclave seats seven across three rows of seating, but unlike some of its seven-seat competitors, the Buick employs individual captain's chairs in the second row and seating for three across the way-back bench. Legroom measures 41.2 inches up front, 38.9 inches in the second row, and 33.5 inches for those in the third. As for cargo, there's plenty of room here. The area behind the third row measures 23.6 cubic feet, plus an additional 3.1 cubic feet in an underfloor storage bin. Cargo volume grows to 58.0 and 97.6 cubic feet when you fold down the third- and second-row seating.


Buick gave the Enclave an infotainment refresh for 2020, which means all models now feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard and integrated navigation can be had on higher trims. Six-speaker audio is standard, but Premium and Avenir trims feature a 10-speaker Bose system.

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Engine: V6 3.6 Liter
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Transmission, Hydra-Matic 9 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (9T65)
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$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 84 Months - GM announces a GM Financial APR & Down Payment Assistance program that is good towards the purchase of select models. 02-01-2021
$4250 GM announces Customer Cash on select models. 02-01-2021
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